Coding Fun with Ozobot Evo!

*Disclosure: We received 3 Ozobot Evos for free in exchange for hosting a party featuring Ozobot Evo. Two of the Ozobot Evos were to be used as giveaways.*

If your kids are anything like mine, they are always asking to learn to code and create their own games. Thanks to Tryazon and Ozobot we were able to try out the Ozobot Evo.

Ozobot Evo is a small, social robot that teaches kids (or anyone really) how to code. Ozobot Evo starts you on your coding journey by having you create codes on paper using color. Once you’ve mastered codes on paper, you can try your hand at coding using a block building program called Ozoblockly.

Last week the boys were able to share Ozobot Evo with some homeschool friends. We had 18 kids ages 5 through 14 join us for some coding fun at the park.

We had some fun themed snacks- Robot Oil to drink, Nuts n’ Bolts (Chex Mix), Broken Pieces of Code (Candied Popcorn), and Programming Chips (Sun Chips).

The kids broke up into 3 groups so that each group had an Ozobot Evo to work with. They started off by seeing how Ozobot reads colors. Ozobot’s LED lights will light up to show you what color is being read.

Once the kids got the hang of how Ozobot Evo works, each group received a few copies of the OzoCodes reference sheet.

The kids were then able to make their own paths for Ozobot to follow. They were able to incorporate the Ozocodes into the path to tell Ozobot what to do. The kids really seemed to enjoy creating fun paths for Ozobot Evo and they spent a lot of time working on this.

Once they were done creating coded paths for Ozobot Evo, the kids tried out the Ozobot Evo app. They were able to use the app like a remote control and drive Ozobot around. They had a lot of fun with that. They also used the app to play OzoLaunch.

Two of the Ozobot Evos that we received were to be used as giveaways. I was planning on using OzoLaunch to decide one of the winners but we ended up having some technical difficulties with the app. I think it was due to the fact that we had several phones trying to access it and they kept picking up the other Ozobots. At one point we had one group controlling another group’s Ozobot. So, we decided to just use raffle tickets.

Our two winners!

The kids all had a lot of fun with Ozobot Evo. He really is so much fun to play with and he makes learning to code fun.

Are you excited to learn to code with Ozobot Evo?

Spelling and Vocabulary with SpellingClassroom.com


**Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

The boys have been trying out SpellingClassroom.com for the past few weeks. SpellingClassroom.com is an online website for kids to practice spelling and vocabulary.

The website offers many different spelling and vocabulary lists to choose from. You can pick from lists by grade or tricky word lists, SAT lists, and even holiday lists. If none of these suit your needs you can also create your own list.

What I really like about SpellingClassroom.com is that each lesson has a wide variety of activities to help kids learn. There are 20 activities to complete for each lesson. Some of the activities are word searches, spelling bees, word ladders, and flashcards.

Many of the activities also have printables so that kids can also work on the activities on paper.

For each activity passed, kids earn a coin as a reward. They can then use their coins to play games. This is the really fun part for the kids. JT especially loved this.

SpellingClassroom.com is a really great resource. This happens to be the best spelling/vocabulary website I’ve come across. The only problem we came across was lagging during some of the activities, like the spelling bee, when the boys would try to go faster than the words and sentences could be read.

SpellingClassroom.com offers both family and teacher packages. It’s great for homeschoolers, classrooms, or parents that just want their kids to practice spelling and vocabulary. I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a try.

Dacobots eLearning Portal Review

*Disclosure: I was compensated and provided with a free month of the Dacabots website in exchange for providing this review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

I’m always looking for fun and educational websites for the boys to use so I was really excited to learn about the Dacobots eLearning portal.

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The Dacobots are friendly robots that teach kids through the games. Each Dacobot teaches a different subject. There are currently games for health, math, science, history, and language.

JT's favorite Dacobot is G4.

JT’s favorite Dacobot is G4.

Besides sorting games by grade or subject, Dacobots also has series. These are series of games all with the same theme. Some of the series are Masters of Astronomy, Healthy Eating, Arithmetic, and Autumn Secrets. The series that the boys have been focusing on is the Brain Power series.

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The Brain Power series focuses on the brain and mnemonic devices. Kids learn about ways to keep their brain sharp along with learning about neurons, glial cells, how memory works, and mnemonic devices.

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Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Dacobots awards kids with a virtual card for each game they complete. Each series has its own card deck.

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The boys enjoyed playing the games and collecting cards. The only complaint that Connor had was that he didn’t like it when he had to start a game over completely for getting something wrong. This didn’t happen on all of the games but he did get frustrated when it happened. Other than that, he said he likes it.

Some of the subjects currently don’t have many games but they are consistently adding to the portal. Check out the Dacobots eLearning portal at https://www.dacobots.com and let me know what you think.

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Gift Guide for Young Scientists

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Connor and JT both love science. There are so many fun science experiments to do and so many fun things to learn.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a kid that said they didn’t like science; so today we’d like to share with you a list of great gifts from Educents for your young scientists.

Gifts for Ages 3 to 7

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket

Science makes SENSES with this bucket of colorful, creative fun.

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Experimenting with squishy, squashy polymers creates the perfect opportunities for young children to engage in sensory play and to naturally use scientific processes while having fun.

The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket comes with items such as test tubes, biodegradable cups, mixing spoons, coloring tablets, and an experiment guide to help you make the following: Gobbledy Goop, JellyStones, Water Marbles, Glow in the Dark Spit Balls, Slippery Spheres, Silly Squares, Space Sand, and Super Snow. Adding a little water to crystals and powder will create lots of science fun for your little ones.

Use this bucket to learn, create, and play with your child. That’s part of the fun of parenting! There are many ways to enjoy preschool science fun with the Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket. Use the super snow to practice writing letters and numbers, teach the importance of listening and following directions by allowing your child or student to work independently after being given instruction, and make Space Sand and use it to discuss the sea and coral reefs.

Magic School Bus Science Club

Turn your next craft day into an educational one!

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The famous Magic School Bus series has been getting kids excited about STEM for two decades. The Science Club Kit takes the story based learning to the next level with comprehensive, hands-on kits that come right to your doorstep each month for a full year. And each month, you have at least 7 experiments!
 
This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners – and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets – the world around us. Best of all, each kit comes with a colorful, Magic School Bus themed manual and a paired guide for adults. You don’t need to be a science nerd to be able to have fun leading and learning as a parent. There’s also an online clubhouse with further information for young explorers.
This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Solar System Wall Stickers

Reach for the stars! Literally.

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Learn the solar system while developing motor skills. Use the Solar System Stickers to map out the galaxy on your dining room wall. The solar system wall stickers set teach planet recognition, solar system configuration, constellations, phases of the Earth’s moon, seasons of the year, Earth’s axis and rotation around the sun, and spelling!

Unlike other decals, Peel, Play & Learn wall stickers are made of a fabric material that do not rip or tear – a huge bonus when you have a child with minimal fine motor skills. They do not damage your walls or wall paper (we only have painted walls, so I couldn’t try that out) and they stick to textured walls. Lastly – they are also BPA free.

Gifts for Ages 8 to 11

Rock N Learn Science Collection

Award winning science curricula that happens to have music videos. Yes.

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Science is just plain cool – it can help explain the world around us and even our own bodies. But if we’re being honest, scientists often use big words that can be difficult for kids to understand (much less pronounce). Rock ‘N Learn has introduced a great solution that doubles as a fun holiday gift. The Science DVD Collection helps kids learn about many difficult concepts in science through a series of four hilarious and engaging DVDs. Whether your child is curious about the solar system, animals, gravity, electricity, weather, or the human body, these DVDs are a perfect gift to help your child take their knowledge of science to the next level.

 

I Love a Mystery Book Set

Invite kids to be a math & science detective!

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There are few better feelings than seeing your child light up, prideful when they solve the answer to a question on their own. To give your child this confidence, look no further than the I Love a Mystery Book Set for your holiday gift. The concept behind these mystery-solving books is super simple and highly entertaining for kids of many different ages. The set includes three books, two filled with science mysteries and one filled with math mysteries. Each mystery takes about one minute to read and solve, with one page covering the mystery and the next revealing the answer and a picture that helps explain the answer.

Kids love the fun stories (you’ll be asking your child to put these books down and go to bed finally) and you’ll love that the topics can be related to real life, such as calculating distance in a toll road and understanding probability of rolling certain numbers with dice.

Check out our review of 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!

Know Yourself Subscription Kit

Engage your five senses in learning!

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Isn’t it helpful when you’re learning something new and there is some context? A beautiful combination of human body science, history, and imaginative fun come together in the Know Yourself Adventure Series. These high-quality subscription kits are the work of talented experts and artists who know how to keep kids laughing and entertained while learning important concepts.

Delivered monthly, each Know Yourself Adventure includes a Time Skaters comic book, science experiments and corresponding materials, historical lessons and healthy recipes. Each kit has an amazing theme like nothing you’ve ever seen before – for example, in the third kit, your child will travel to 1553 China to learn about the circulatory system!

Choose a plan that works best for your family by opting in for a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription, and give your child the gift of self-literacy this holiday season.

Gifts for Ages 12 to 14

Microscope Experiments

Seeing is believing – but it’s unbelievable what kids can discover with this set.

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This high-quality microscope is not only a powerful tool on its own, but it also comes with an engaging and low-hassle experiment kit.

The Levenhuk LabZZ M101 Lime Microscope allows young and curious learners to study insects and plants, finding living microorganisms in a water drop and many other exciting things! Curious children will be able to work from directions about what to explore, or go off on their own and learn the magical wonders of the natural world down to the smallest levels possible.

The Levenhuk includes quality optics that can be compared to many ‘adult’ microscopes. Children can zoom up to 16x in the eyepiece, as well as six levels of magnification: 40x, 64x, 100x, 160x, 400x and 640x. The microscope is durable, but light, and operates on batteries which come included. The microscope is ready-to-use right out of the box, perfect for a gift.

Also included with the microscope is an activity kit, which including items such as an “Attractive Microscope. Scrutinizing the Microcosm” user guide, forceps, sea monkeys, flasks with yeast, pitch, sea salt and brine ship, 5 ready-to-use specimens, 5 blank slides, dropper, and a dust cover to protect it.

Survive Inside the Human Body Books

An educational gift for comic book lovers!

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These bright and colorful books look like regular comics, but they’re deceptively full of engrossing information about human anatomy.

Survive! Inside the Human Body is a series of manga (Japanese-style comic books) that follow the journey of students through a human body. It’s a classic story, but presented in a way that’s never been seen before. Perfect for grades K-6, these comics contain anatomically-correct guides, real lessons, and a lot of age-appropriate humor.

Science can be one of the most dense and difficult topics to teach children, but this book does an amazing job of making it approachable. Visual learners will get a kick out of this book, and may retain information better than other learners. The fast-paced story will leave kids eager to see what happens to Dr. Geo and his rag-tag group of amateur scientists next. Topics covered in the book include the human body, the effects of the food we eat, medicine, genetics, the digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems.

 

Explore with me Geology

This stuff makes every walk outside way more interesting. And kids love it!

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Is your young learner interested in geology? This set of six packs contains a half-dozen rocks and minerals kits. Included are igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, minerals, fossils, and Rocks and minerals. It’s perfect for ages 8 and up, but really anyone expressing an interest in science will get a kick out of these kits. So you might be asking – what’s so interesting about rocks?

Geology is one of the most interesting fields of science out there. It’s literally everywhere. And rocks are the oldest things on our planet! The rocks under our feet tell a story that’s thousands of years old. Scientists still don’t know everything that there is to know about these building blocks of our world, but they’re learning new things every day. Rocks are responsible for beautiful mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and much more.

This set contains an amazing array of rocks for a budding geologist to learn from. The Explore With Me kit introduces children to the various types of rocks by providing examples of each. Kids will learn facts about what differentiates them, and can explore ideas such as how they are formed, where they can be found, and much more.

Gifts for Ages 15+

The Manga (Comic Book) Guide to Relativity

Because pictures speak a thousand words…and kids love comic books.

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Manga textbooks are revolutionary learning tools changing the way our kids absorb information. The Manga Guide to Relativity is a textbook completely in comic book form that can help your teen understand one of the most difficult subjects in physics, Einstein’s theory of relativity.

The book takes teens through a fun story in which super-relatable high school student Minagi learns about the non-intuitive laws that shape our universe. Before your teen knows it, they’ll be mastering concepts like inertial frames of reference, unified spacetime, and the equivalence principle. They’ll see how relativity affects modern astronomy and discover why GPS systems and other everyday technologies depend on Einstein’s extraordinary discovery.

Laminated Chemical Periodic Table

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This Chemical Periodic Table Poster is a building block of education because it features the building blocks of all matter!Everything that we know of in the physical universe are made up of the elements listed on this table. Knowing and understanding this is one of the keys to unlocking a young learner’s love of science. The earlier they start to think about these the more excited they will become in the world around them.

This is an invaluable tool for anyone involved in the scientific field, and it can hang on the wall or on your door. It contains key data on all the elements, conversion factors, physical constants, and chemical structures.

This 18”x24″ laminated version of the periodic is reusable, durable, and crisply presents all the elements and a guide of how to read each one. Much better than a band poster.

Life of Fred Chemistry

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Have you heard of Life of Fred? The LoF series is a huge hit among homeschoolers due to the way it blends story -based learning with fun. Plus it’s effective. That’s why there are whole communities dedicated to it!

Life of Fred Chemistry uses a unique blend of storytelling and educational guides to make any subject fun and engaging for kids – with the same characters and everything!

The series follows Fred, a math genius who lives in a quirky town where there’s always another adventure waiting around the corner. But fortunately Fred’s expertise expands beyond math. These books are incredibly easy to understand, due to the story-like nature of the books, but aren’t as dense or difficult to comprehend as a massive science textbook.

Want to see more? Check out this awesome Holiday Gift Collection for Young Scientists.

When ordering your gifts make sure to use the code GIVETHANKS for 10% off, free shipping, and 5% back. The code is good throughout the month of November!

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Summer Learning Resources Roundup

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Summertime can lead to a lull in learning – here are awesome resources to stave off summer brain drain!

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Beginning Architecture

Mini Frank Lloyd Wrights of the world unite! This interactive, 3-part series provides the early fundamentals of structures, home design and even zoo design! The sky is the limit, and this series provides a strong foundation, putting the FUN in fundamentals with a truly engaging program. Summer is a perfect time to give this comprehensive online course a try – you’ll be grabbing marshmallows for camping, anyway. Why not do s’mores after you complete a project?

 

Zone Cleaning

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Every season is a great time to teach your little ones, but the summertime is a special opportunity to learn about cleaning! Kids often have a little more time on their hands – and do a little more outdoor activity that brings in the dirt! Zone Cleaning comes with a DVD that explains cleaning step-by-step by room using visuals, and includes a dry erase flipbook with checkboxes for each task to be completed. Kids learn from professionals, and get a sense of accomplishment when they cross off their tasks.

Best of all, it teaches a more thorough approach to cleaning each zone, so the area doesn’t need extra attention afterward! Time well spent – and time saved for years to come!

Check out this blogger review for more insights: Zone Cleaning is What Every Mom Needs! Right now it’s 20% off. Stock up for summer!

 

Tegu On-The-Go Magnetic Blocks

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These are the coolest! Remember geometric blocks from your own early school days? I used to have Haba brand and they’re no longer being made. But fear not! The Tegu blocks take the concept and run with it. These handcrafted geometric blocks have a beautiful color palette and more importantly – magnets! The possibilities are endless with hands-on play-learning about magnetic fields and chemistry while creating something unique. It comes with a handy carry pouch, too – perfect for road trips and easy-to-pack-up activities when you reach your destination.

Right now they’re 20% off at Educents.


 

Peel, Play & Learn Solar System Wall Play Set

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Summer star gazing has always been a favorite activity. With clear skies and warmer nights, kids can simply look up and discover the universe! This reusable wall decal set brings it all back to learning (and hands-on fun) – in turn making the sky a boundless source for wonder and education. I love that these are made of non-toxic, reusable fabric that can be easily cleaned. A discussion about constellations during the day leads to discovery in the evening and vice versa, creating a fun, virtuous cycle of activity and learning. The solar system mini-set is perfect for summer trips, and you can expand the knowledge at home with the larger set.

Both are on sale at Educents now.

Mini version is $13.99 down from $22.99.

The larger version is $19.99, down from $28.99

 


 

Peel & PlayMini USA

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Summer time often means time on the road visiting relatives. I love the idea of incorporating learning about the states with all of this travel! This mini-set of non-toxic, BPA free decals of the United States is a great way to avoid brain drain and boredom with relevant learning. And since it’s small, you can pack it up during a road trip and prepare for a 4th of July Quiz! How about a timely treat for those who can name all the states? The beauty of this set is that it’s great for many aged learners.

The set can also be used as a tool to keep track of the states you and your little ones have visited so far, and learn about what’s to come with visual and hands-on activities.

On sale now at Educents, for $14.99 down from $21.99.

 


 

eMedia Guitar Beginner Pack for Kids

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Time to face the music – but in a good way! SUMMER is coming and kids tend to want to flex their creative muscles a bit more than the rest of the year. This quarter-sized guitar is a great fit to kick-off a lifelong love of music.

Designed to keep kids engaged and learning, the comprehensive set includes software with 60 guitar sessions that use videos, songs, and specialized interactive music games. Maybe my favorite part is that you don’t need to know guitar for your learner become a rock star – instead, animated Gary the Guitar will lead the way, and guitarist and instructor (with a PhD!) demonstrates the skills your little one will learn. Music to my ears.

The set is on sale now at Educents for $79.95 down from $119.95.

 


Summer Worksheets

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Stave off summer brain drain with worksheets! This tried-and-true method is more creative with the Evan Moor set. There are tons of worksheets to choose from, with age-appropriate challenges in subjects ranging from math to creative writing. How about a summertime creative writing challenge? Or working up to a sought after summer toy with math sheets? These are great for road-schooling during trips and making sure that your little ones are building on learnings from previous months. I really like the “How to Write a Story” for grades 1-3. Step-by-step guidance and writing prompts like “retell a fairytale” make learning doable and inspired.

Worksheets range from $9.99 to $29.99. Check them out!